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Notes and observations: “We don’t even look at it much”

Posted Jan 11, 2018

Coordinator Thursday: DC Todd Wash said despite intercepting five passes in a Week 5 victory over the Steelers, the Jaguars won’t use that game to prepare for the team’s rematch in an AFC Divisional Playoff


JACKSONVILLE – Todd Wash hasn’t spent a lot of time on Week 5 this week.

“We don’t even look at it much,” he said Thursday.

Wash, the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator, said despite the Jaguars intercepting five passes in a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers that week there’s no point in reviewing that game when preparing for the AFC Divisional Playoff at Heinz Field Sunday.

“I don’t think that game has any bearing on what’s going to happen in this game,” Wash said as the AFC South Champion Jaguars (11-6) prepared to play the Steelers (13-3) Sunday at 1:05 p.m. “They’ve changed a bunch and how we’re getting attacked has changed. We’re getting attacked a little bit different.”

The Jaguars sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice in a 30-9 victory in mid-October, and Roethlisberger’s five interceptions were a career-high. Safety Barry Church and linebacker Telvin Smith returned interceptions for touchdowns in the game.

“If you can rush the quarterback and try to disrupt him, there are going to be some errant throws,” Wash said. “Our defensive backs have good ball skills. We ran a couple of different coverages that we don’t run all of the time that we have in our package. That created two picks for us, but at the same time that was a long, long time ago.

“Pittsburgh’s gotten a heck of a lot better. They [the Steelers] have won 10 of their last 11, and we’ve changed quite a bit as we’ve gone through the season.”

All three Jaguars coordinators – Hackett on offense, Todd Wash on defense and Joe DeCamillis on special teams – spoke to the media Thursday. Notes and observations from Coordinator Thursday:

*Hackett discussed the team’s approach against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, a game in which the Jaguars produced 230 yards and 15 first downs. “It was a combination of a lot of things,” Hackett said. “We went into that game and we knew if we didn’t turn the ball over we were going to have a great chance to win the game. We wanted to be really efficient and the wind was a little more of a factor than I anticipated. … We just had a couple of opportunities that we missed, whether it was a missed pickup or a drop or something. We had chances and we just kind of missed them. That’s how the game goes sometimes. You’ve just got to keep rolling.” …

*Quarterback Blake Bortles threw for just 87 yards against the Bills, but rushed for 88. He had 52 yards rushing on the Jaguars’ two scoring drives – late in the second quarter and in the third quarter. “The thing about Blake is he has these legs on him that really can change the momentum of the game,” Hackett said. “Going into the wind it was if he had a clean shot, a clean perfect throw, go ahead and take it. If not, go ahead and run. He started doing that very well.” …

*Hackett on Thursday also discussed persistence in the run game. The Jaguars led the NFL in rushing this season, but Jaguars running backs rushed for just 62 yards on 23 carries Sunday. “It’s one of those things where you have to be happy with a two-yard gain,” Hackett said. “It’s like, ‘One’s going to happen here pretty soon. You’re going to get that long run.’ The big thing is just committing to it. If you commit to it, it gives you better third-down situations. You just keep on rolling and keep stressing the defense to be perfect every single play.” …

*DeCamillis discussed the punt-return ability of Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, calling him “the best in the world” in the area. Brown returned 11 punts for a 5.5-yard average this season, but returned a punt for a touchdown every season from 2013-2015. “He’s scary,” DeCamillis said. “He’s what I call a game wrecker. You’ve got him tackled, you think, and all of a sudden he’s going to the house. He’s a real competitor, too. I’ve had guys who are big-time starters and they say they want to do it. He does.” …

*Rookie linebacker Blair Brown, who sustained an ankle injury in practice Wednesday, was the lone Jaguars player not practicing Thursday. Head Coach Doug Marrone on Thursday said the reserve could practice on Friday in the team’s final full practice of the week. …

*Starting weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith (ankle) and starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (abdomen) both practiced on a limited basis after missing practice Wednesday. Cornerback Aaron Colvin also practiced limited after missing Wednesday with an illness. …

*Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Achilles) and cornerback Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) both worked limited for a second consecutive day, with fullback Tommy Bohanon (knee), tight end Marcedes Lewis (ankle) and defensive tackle Abry Jones (ankle) working full after being limited Wednesday. Bortles (right wrist) and linebacker Donald Payne (quadriceps) worked full for a second consecutive practice. …


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